Day in history for May 5, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We are informed that some persons who visit the grave yards are accustomed to pluck twigs and buds from the shrubbery and rose bushes around the graves. We hope we shall not be obliged to publish the names of those who thus treat the graves of the dead.

1878 -- 125 years ago
It being Sunday, Rev. T.H. Hench officiated morning and evening at the Broadway Presbyterian Church.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. John P. Looney died at the family residence, 1635 20th St., Rock Island, last night. She was born in Ireland and was 40 years old. She was married in 1892 to John P. Looney and came to Rock Island with her husband in 1899.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Charles E. Johnson, sales manager for the local division of the Rock Island Plow Co., resigned. He was replaced by W.T. O'Hare.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The location of Davenport's proposed new television station still was in doubt after strong opposition developed at a city zoning commission hearing. Property owners appeared in force at the hearing on Zenith Corporation's application to build a station on the west side of Lincoln Ave. between 10th and 11th St.

1978 -- 25 years ago
East Moline residents who live on corner lots where hedges and other foliage stand tall had better prime their hedge clippers. Aldermen voted 7-5 to draw up an ordinance limiting the height of hedges and other obstacles near street corners to three feet.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.

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